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Understanding Teen Suicide

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High School also committed suicide. Fairfax County alone has had 15 suicides over the past three years, and the surrounding counties, including Loudoun County, have also had a number of teen suicides in recent years.

Suicide is tragic, and it seems to be even more so when it involves our young. As the director of a private mental health practice, I can report first hand that the recent suicides in Fairfax County have had a profound impact on parents across Northern Virginia. Over the past month, I have received a number of calls from upset and worried parents, with the majority of them asking the same question, “How do I know if my teen is suicidal?” … Continue Reading

What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive

March 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

What To Do When Your Teenager Doesn’t Want To Drive
My 17 year-old son has no desire to get his license, which makes no sense to me. When I was his age, I couldn’t wait to get my license and to have the freedom to drive and drive and drive. Getting a driver’s license opens up so many possibilities and so much more independence, and you would think that he would want some of that. Instead, my son seems more content being left to himself to text his girlfriend and to play with his video games in his room. He tells me that he just isn’t motivated to drive and doesn’t care. I don’t get it. Is this just the way things are now with teens? I’d love your advice on this.
A Concerned Parent
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Are All Men Dogs?

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Being Miserable But Cool at 13

Dr. Mike,
Q. My 13 year old son is driving me crazy with his wearing shorts in the middle of winter – even on the coldest day a couple of weeks ago. He also doesn’t wear coats or jackets, but he finally agreed to wear a hoodie to please me. He tells me that he’s not cold and to leave him alone, but I am fuming every time he heads to the bus stop in his shorts. We have had some pretty horrible fights over the topic, and yet he continues to defy us as parents. It’s stupid and not safe. Help!

A. I understand your frustration, but being miserable but cool is part of being a teenager. Actually, the behavior you are concerned about, and the need to be cool, starts in middle school when self-awareness in identity formation begins to kicks in. Try to think of it this way. Your son is not defying you as much as he is separating. Consciously, he tells you that he is not cold, and he thinks he looks cool, but the behavior itself is really being fueled by his developmental need to separate from what you want of him and for him to begin to make decisions for himself alongside his peers. So, what should you do? Nothing. Let your son make the decision on shorts or coats. It is his body, and at 13, he needs to be in charge of it. Life and peer relations will teach him what works and what does not, and he will adjust accordingly. … Continue Reading

How To Manage Your Children and Yourself on Snow Days

January 26, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

As a child, the excitement of a snow day or two can bring great joy and the memories that follow can be magical and lifelong. For parents, however, snow days can be very stressful. We in Northern Virginia have had several snow days this winter, and we’ve just been handed another two in Loudoun County. And while the children and teens in my practice are thrilled, many parents I see are complaining about the extended time and lack of structure which have led to arguments, increased sibling rivalry and behavioral problems in the home. So, I offer a few thoughts here to help manage your children (and yourself) for the coming snow days. … Continue Reading

A New Year, A New You

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

But first a few facts worth considering. According to a study on New Year’s resolutions published in the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, nearly 50 percent of us make New Year’s Resolutions but only about eight percent of us succeed. Losing weight (1), getting organized (2), spending less and saving more (3), enjoying life to the fullest (4), and staying fit and healthy (5) were the top resolutions for 2014. Findings from the study also support the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” with younger people in their 20’s fairing much better than those 50 and older in sticking to resolutions.

This year, I offer the following suggestions in helping you to discover the new you:

First, be mindful of what matters most to you and your loved ones in creating change. Sometimes the most important changes worth making in life are not the first ones that come to mind. Sitting down for dinner more frequently as a family, for example, may not rank as high as spending less or getting organized, but the impact may be more meaningful to your children and spouse. Thus, spend some time to reflect on what matters most to you. Only you know what is missing from your life and/or what part of you is most in need of repair or attention. … Continue Reading

Insensitive Coworker

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
I was recently at a work related social gathering where someone jokingly called another coworker in our group, “Aspie.” As you probably know, Aspie is a term for Asperger’s Disorder, and the person who was joked about is admittedly socially awkward. However, my son has Asperger’s Disorder, and I was deeply offended by the comment. A part of me wants to confront this individual for a lesson in sensitivity training but he will likely not get it. While I don’t want to upset my co-workers, I also don’t want to carry around resentment and anger everyday. Thoughts?
Concerned in Loudoun County
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Back To Work: How Does That Make You Feel?

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns 1 comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Once again, we as a nation narrowly escaped a catastrophe. It’s been one week since the government shut down ended and everyone is back to work and happy, right? Perhaps for some, but perhaps not for many. “I feel like a pawn on a chest board,” and “I just worked for two weeks while others got a two week paid vacation” and “the problem isn’t over, it’s just been punted forward six weeks” and “what crisis, it’s all about political posturing and ego” and “nothing is certain anymore, so why bother getting upset” and “I don’t matter, I’m non-essential.” These are just a handful of the many comments I’ve heard from clients over our most recent political emergency. … Continue Reading

Co-Parenting through Divorce and Toward Two Happy Homes

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael ?Oberschneider, Psy.D.

For many, divorce is an unavoidable reality. Put plain and simple, some marriages – short or long lived – just don’t work. Research on divorce has shown infidelity, lack of communication and financial problems to be the top reasons for marriages ending. Marrying too young, abuse, changing individual needs, sexual problems, psychological/alcohol/drug problems, and differences (e.g., religious and cultural) are some of the other reasons cited in the divorce literature.

Sometimes one spouse wants to call it quits, while other times, both are in agreement that the marriage is over. But keep in mind that as the divorcing adults, you have many internal resources to wrestle through the emotional loss, adjustment and redefinition that occur during your separation and divorce. Children and teens, even resilient ones, on the other hand, have fewer emotional resources to call upon during the process. … Continue Reading

Back to School and Mindfulness

September 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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Back to School and Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the concept of being present 100 percent in the moment while accepting all aspects of what that moment is or what it brings. With open houses, shopping for supplies and getting back into a schedule and routine, returning to school can be chaotic. Emotionally, the return to school can also come with a host of positive and negative emotions for our children and teens. Then there is the school year itself and all of the challenges posed to your child or teen and you as parent. Practicing mindfulness as parents as we gear up for the coming academic year can serve to restore calm in your home and personal success for your child or teen.

As a psychologist who has spent the last few weeks assisting parents and kids with the back to school transition, I’ve put together a list of DO’s and DONT’s in preparation for the coming year.

Do:

Prepare a back to school supply checklist and buy fun stuff. Whether your child is 7 or 17, he or she should be actively involved in the back to school planning. Shopping for school supplies should be fun and not a chore so put some effort into your child or teen’s purchases to make the experience more positive. Stores offer limited options, so perhaps you and your child or teen could explore materials on-line. Getting your child excited for and thinking about his coming school year before he hits the campus is the goal. Back to school shopping is also an excellent time to speak to your child positively about the coming year. … Continue Reading

A New Addiction

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,

My brother has recently found God through AA. Everyone in the family is glad that he is finally sober after many years of watching him destroy his life (and his wife and children’s lives) with alcohol. His newfound religion and recovery program, however, is driving us all crazy. It seems he is now addicted to God and AA just like he was addicted to alcohol, and he’s constantly trying to convert us to his ways and corrects us on what he calls our “moral shortcomings.” Even our children have expressed concerning regarding their uncle’s drastic changes. Every other statement is an AA slogan like, “one day at a time” or “it works if you work it” or “easy does it” or “turn it over.” Any thoughts on how to be a good big sister without going insane?

J from Loudoun County … Continue Reading

Facebook Dilemma

July 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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Dr. Mike,
I know you just wrote about Facebook last month, but I have my own Facebook dilemma that I hope you can help me with. My 16-year-old niece has posted what I think are very concerning comments about her hating both herself and life. I reached out to her father (my brother) to express my concerns, but he just brushed me off, telling me that I am “being overly dramatic.” Neither he nor his wife are Facebook friends with their daughter (which I think is irresponsible on their part), but I am and have access to her posts. Help.
– R in Loudoun County

R,
It is not uncommon for adolescents to make exaggerated or existential-like comments about life or death on Facebook. It is also not uncommon for depressed and suicidal adolescents to post those sorts of things. In situations like this, I think it is always better to err on the side of caution since you are an adult family member and since you really do not know if the posts are something to worry about or not. Your brother may be right that there is nothing wrong with his daughter, but he may also be wrong. I recommend cutting and pasting the postings of concern into an email and sending them to your brother for his review. I also recommend reaching out to your niece by phone or in person to let her know about your concerns. Keep in mind that your actions may upset your niece, and she may even unfriend you on Facebook. In the end though, the good that would come of your reporting things to your brother more clearly, if there is indeed a problem with your niece, far outweighs the possible negative feelings your niece might have toward you if she is fine. … Continue Reading

Obsessed with Points

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
My wife joined the Weight Watchers program a few months ago, and she’s lost close to 20 pounds already! She’s always been overweight, so I know this means a lot to her. While I’ve been supportive, her point counting is driving me (and the kids) nuts! The program allots points to food, so you count your points (i.e. calories and food intake) throughout the day to reach your personal goal. I am not exaggerating to say that she is obsessed with her points, which she pretty much mentions in every conversation we have. It’s almost as if her points and diet mean more to her than her family. I can’t take it anymore, but I know that if I say anything, I will be viewed by her as being an insensitive, unsupportive jerk of a husband. Your thoughts are appreciated!
- J in Loudoun County
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Recent 1 in 50 CDC Autism Rate Increases Parental Anxiety

May 1, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Be the first to comment
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

With last month’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (the CDC) reporting that as many as one in 50 children in U.S. schools have autism, the topic of autism has created an increase in parental anxiety in my practice as a psychologist. Parents want to know what the CDC’s study and those numbers could mean for them and their own potential for having an autistic child.

The parents who are most concerned are those who are either planning for pregnancy or who are pregnant and expecting. One parent I met with recently expressed a profound sense of relief after learning that the sex of their fetus is female, reminding me that boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. And, another parent indicated that, while they would love a fourth child, they do not want to “take any chances with autism being so rampant.” … Continue Reading

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Pungent Curry

9 Apr 2014

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The latest version of the IPCC report is published and once again it will go unread by the great masses of climate science deniers and unreported by the media. So it might be useful to revisit the fundamental physical realities …

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Understanding Teen Suicide

1 Apr 2014

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Northern Virginia has recently experienced several teen suicides. Last month, two Langley High School students took their own lives just a day apart from one another, and this month it appears two students at Woodson High …

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Virginia Gardening

Spring Is Coming

4 Mar 2014

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By Donna Williamson March is an in-between month – some cold and the return of glorious warmth now and then. One way to bring some delight inside is forcing spring-blooming branches. You can cut branches of forsythia, cherry, crabapple, kerria, …

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Sushi's Corner

An Easter Swim

1 Apr 2014

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I felt like a silly nim “cow” poop with these Easter bows in our hair. Okay Nelly, maybe you didn’t because you’re a girl. But me, a Mighty Cairn Terrier male? – PLEASE! Pleasing Mrs. B for Easter pictures was …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

What Baseball Can Teach You About Financial Planning

1 Apr 2014

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Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. …

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Go Take a Hike

Blandy Experimental Farm

6 Jun 2012

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By Molly Pinson Simoneau It’s no secret that I love a challenging hike. I’ve written here about hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park. I’ve taken vacations with my family to Colorado where I’ve attempted to conquer a “fourteener” (a summit that is higher than 14,000 feet), …

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Real Estate Ticker

A Buying Opportunity?

6 Nov 2013

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By Carl Fischer As a direct result of the uncertainty that has arisen from national and regional politics, with its unsettling effect on the Northern Virginia area, for the past two months there has been a market slowdown which has …

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From the Farm

From the Farm

5 Jul 2012

From the Farm

When the heat index reaches 110 degrees, as it has been doing recently, I try to keep in the shade, or stay indoors. But my lavender, about halfway from full bloom, seems to thrive in it. Hot and dry, I …

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Events

April 2014
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: Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- Abstract painter Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and contemporary painter Sandra Iafrate

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April 12, 2014N/A

Meet Evelyn and Sandra and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Living Color,” showcasing two accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate, in a vivid and dynamic presentation of color, shape and our surroundings.

Evelyn Lopez de Guzman’s vibrant paintings awaken the viewer to connect with nature and the modern world through an interplay of shape, color, and textural materials.

Sandra Iafrate’s combination of realistic and surrealist interpretation of flowers, foliage and landscapes on spacious canvases convey a sense of movement and playfulness.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 16, 2014N/A

As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 17, 2014N/A

As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 18, 2014N/A

As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

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Celebrate Easter & Spring’s Arrival at Salamander Resort & Spa

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April 19, 2014N/A

As the long winter ends and spring unfolds, generations are invited to join Salamander Resort & Spa as they bring back the wholesome goodness of a traditional Easter where family and togetherness matter most.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, guests can hop on over for the colorful celebration. Salamander features dedicated children's and family programming with Easter and Spring-themed festivities including Easter Painting and Egg Dying, Easter Candle Making and Cupcake Decorating as well as Family Corn Hole and Badminton Contests.

The festive week culminates on Sunday with a Grand Easter Buffet in the Middleburg Ballroom complete with an Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Roll. Seating times are 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $85 per adult (includes sparkling wine), $34.00 per child. The Egg Hunt and Egg Roll will take place out on the Middleburg Terrace at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wear your Sunday best and enjoy delicious Easter fare and delighted faces when Mr. Cotton Tail makes a surprise visit as complimentary pony rides are led through the Grand Lawn from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Bid the day farewell and the evening in on the Grand Lawn at 5 p.m. for the Salutation to the Evening featuring Salamander’s Equestrian Team as they ride through the Grand Lawn sounding the horn as twilight falls. Photo opportunities are available with the riders and horses after the salutation.

Whether it’s finding treasures throughout the resort grounds during an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt or leading your family in their first Easter Egg Roll, traditions start here. Bring your stylish Easter bonnet or trendy Fedora hat for our first Best Bonnet Contest and let’s make memories.

Easter at "The Park"

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April 19, 2014

Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, Virginia 20176
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Celebrate Easter at historic Morven Park with crafts for kids, an egg hunt in the formal gardens plus a traditional egg roll on the Davis Mansion lawn. Have a family photo taken with the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for the hunt and a large spoon for the egg roll. $10/participating child (ages 2-12), $3/adult. Register at www.MorvenPark.org.

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WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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April 25, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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April 26, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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Lovettsville Spring 5k and Fun Run

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April 27, 2014N/A

Lovettsville Community Center
57 E. Broad Way
Lovettsville, VA

Register in person at the Lovettsville Community Center. Call 540-822-5284 or e-mail lovcc@loudoun.gov for more information.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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April 27, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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VAL's Pals Kids Club

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April 30, 2014

Village at Leesburg Shopping Center
1601 Village Market Blvd #100
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
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Join Inova Loudoun Hospital as the present their Beamer the Dog Program.

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 1, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 2, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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May 2, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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May 3, 2014N/A

Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

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May 3, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

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At the Water -- an exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson

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Arts in the Village Gallery
1601 Village Market Blvd.
Suite 116
Leesburg, 20175
USA
571-442-8661

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents At the Water, a Featured Artist Exhibit by mixed media artist Karen Watson who shares her collection of acrylic and mixed media pieces that seek to convey the essence and mood of various water-related settings.

The ocean, the beach, boardwalk, lake house, dock, river, - - all places where water provides the back drop for some of our most treasured experiences.  Karen Watson offers an eclectic mix of acrylic paintings, textured and collaged mixed media canvases, and panels featuring found object niches, designed to trigger memories and feelings from those times spent in At the Water.

Join us to meet Karen and other gallery artists and enjoy a glass of wine and light fare at a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, May 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

WILLY WONKA - a delicious musical for the whole family!

Close

May 4, 2014

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory—or suffer the consequences. This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Starring Tom Sweitzer as Willy Wonka and directed by Karlah Louis, 25 year Equity actress and veteran of 7 National Broadway tours.

Tickets $20 adults/$15 seniors and students

For tickets call 751-9588 or email karlahlouis@aol.com

SCOUTING FOR BRICKS

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May 4, 2014

Heritage High School
520 Evergreen Mill Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
USA
7032205202

Scouting for Bricks is an exhibit showing the Love for everything LEGO® . Come see amazing LEGO® creations by Fans of LEGO®, LEGO® trains, Mindstorms robots. We will also have live Star Wars Stormtroopers and an interactive play area with over 100,000 LEGO bricks. Scouting for Bricks is fun for the Whole Family! Visit us at www.ScoutingForBricks.com.

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